TRUCK FESTIVAL RAISES OVER £100,000 FOR CHARITIES AT 2019 EVENT

TRUCK FESTIVAL RAISES OVER £100,000 FOR CHARITIES AT 2019 EVENT

TRUCK FESTIVAL RAISES OVER £100,000 FOR CHARITIES AT 2019 EVENT

2019 was a vintage year for Truck Festival. The sellout event, basked by the glorious UK sunshine, welcomed back Oxford’s finest in Foals, who first performed at Hill Farm back in 2007 – plus a whole host of other fantastic acts including Wolf Alice, Two Door Cinema Club, Slaves, Lewis Capaldi and many more. And now, Truck can reveal it raised a record breaking £103,000 for charity, smashing 2018’s figure by £30,000!

Each year, Truck works alongside the local community to raise vital funds for Oxford-based charities as well as those internationally. The money goes towards a number of different causes, from covering the cost of the Darby & Joan Club’s (the village social group for seniors) Christmas dinner to the Steventon Church Bell Fund Appeal, with Truck making a substantial contribution to having the bells rehung.

The majority of this figure was raised by the numerous charities that work in the Feel Good Food Tent, which brought in an amazing £89,000. These food stalls, which help cater the event with a delicious assortment of food and drinks, are run by volunteers and donate 100% of its profits to charity.

It now means that Truck Festival has raised over £350,000 for local, national and international charities in the past six years. Speaking on Truck’s increasing success, farmer Richard Binning said: The charities that have raised money at Truck include Steventon Church and Preschool to the Batemans Trust, a charity based in Chennai, India, aiming to transform the lives of children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. They are rebuilding a school and a new site – Truck Festival is one of the major fundraising events for this project.”

Festival organiser, Conor Burns, also added: “Supporting charities has always been at the centre of Truck since the beginning; 2019 was an unforgettable year and to raise over £100,000, it’s amazing. Truck is one of a kind and we’re full steam ahead for 2020.”

See full list and further information about the charities helped by 2019’s event below:

Truck Festival 2020 will take place on 31st July – 2nd August.
Tickets are back on sale from 27th Jan, available from https://truckfestival.com/tickets/.

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from British songwriter and producer, Brian Higgins.

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from British songwriter and producer, Brian Higgins.

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from British songwriter and producer, Brian Higgins.

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from 3 times Ivor Novello award winning British songwriter and producer, Brian Higgins. Over the last 25 years Brian Higgins has produced and co-written in excess of 35 top 10 hits including for globally successful artists Cher, Kylie Minogue, Girls Aloud and The Sugababes.

In 1998, Brian Higgins co-wrote Cher’s Grammy winning hit ‘Believe’ which reached Number 1 in 21 countries, selling over 11 million copies worldwide and being certified 4x platinum in the US. The song topped the UK Singles chart for seven weeks. Higgins received recognition for his work on the song winning three Ivor Novello awards in 1999; ‘Best Song Musically and Lyrically’, ‘Best Selling British Single’ and ‘International Hit of the Year’. ‘Believe’ has gone on to become one of the most iconic songs of all time and now has over 1 billion plays on global streaming services. ‘Believe’ is the closing hit in Cher’s first global tour in over 15 years ‘Here We Go Again’ which began in 2018, played almost 100 shows in 2019 and will continue throughout 2020. The tour has been a huge commercial and critical success making Cher the third highest top-grossing female touring artist of 2019.

Brian Higgins has collaborated closely with Girls Aloud, helping them become the UK’s biggest selling girl group of the 21stcentury, with over 4.3 million singles sales and 4 million albums sold in the UK alone. This includes co-writing and producing most of their five studio albums, all of which achieved either platinum or double platinum status in the UK. Brian Higgins also co-wrote or produced their Number 1 hits ‘Sound Of The Underground’, ‘I’ll Stand By You’ and ‘The Promise’.

In 2008, Brian Higgins co-wrote and produced Gabrielle Cilmi’s ‘Sweet About Me’, which reached Number 1 in three countries and was named the most played song in the UK during 2009 by PRS for Music.

Brian Higgins was named UK producer of the year in 2009 and has also written or produced hits performed by Pet Shop Boys, Dannii Minogue, The Saturdays, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Bananarama, Alesha Dixon, Texas, Rachel Stevens, Saint Etienne, Gossip and Florrie.

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Brian Higgins’ worldwide copyright, ownership and financial interest, including the writer share, of his catalogue comprising 362 songs.

Brian Higgins was represented by manager Mark Beaven at AAM and lawyer Michael Guido at Carroll Guido Groffman Cohen Bar & Karalian, LLP.

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome Brian Higgins to the Hipgnosis family. He is one of the finest writers of the last 25 years and ‘Believe’ in particular is an evergreen song that has gained iconic status.” 

Brian Higgins said 

“I started Xenomania in 1996 and to see it in 2020 as a standalone independent record label and publishing company is something that gives me deep pride and great joy. I’m very grateful to Merck and Hipgnosis for the opportunity they have presented me to guarantee the labels presence in the worldwide music landscape for decades to come.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer – Joint Corporate BrokerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
J.P. Morgan Cazenove – Joint Corporate BrokerWilliam Simmonds / Ed Murray / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)James Bouverat / Eddie Nissen (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
An Evening with Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie In Conversation in the UK

An Evening with Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie In Conversation in the UK

An Evening with Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie In Conversation in the UK

In the mid 70s the band Blondie emerged onto the New York music scene and quickly became era defining and internationally iconic.  
 

Now, frontwoman Debbie Harry and the band’s co-founder, guitarist and songwriter, Chris Stein will be in conversation with multidisciplinary artist and director (and long time Blondie collaborator) Rob Roth, discussing five decades of Blondie, their lives as artists and creative partners.

Centred around Chris and Debbie’s recent, acclaimed books, every night is unique as the conversation ranges over their career including the groundbreaking music, adventures in 1970s New York, work and play with artists from The Ramones to H.R. Giger, David Cronenberg, plus touring, acting, photography and beyond.

Debbie Harry‘s best selling autobiography, ‘Face It’ was released at the end of last year to a deluge of praise, crowned “the ultimate rock n roll memoir,” by The Sunday Times. While photographer Chris Stein draws on his two highly acclaimed photo works – ‘Negative’ and ‘Point of View’.  The latter was described as “stunning” by Rolling Stone and “fascinating” by the New York Times.

“Each presentation has its own surprises with new stories,” says Rob Roth, “plus special guests and previously unseen visuals.”

The conversations are illuminated with seminal images of the band and New York City from Debbie’s autobiography and Chris Stein’s two books, as well as film clips, fan art, book readings and audience Q&As.

These spark unexpected memories, even for Debbie and Chris.  And guests from their past often join to explore their own history with two of the most fascinating and unique artists of the last half century. 

“I’ve always loved the way Chris tells stories,” says Debbie, “I think you will too.”


Tour Dates

April 2020

Weds 22 – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Fri 24 – Birmingham Symphony Hall

Sun 26 – Manchester Bridgewater Hall

Tue 28 – London Barbican Centre


Tickets

www.aegpresents.co.uk/debbieharry

Artist Presale (Thurs Jan 23, 10AM)

General Onsale (Fri Jan 24, 10AM)

Media Contact

The Outside Organisation: 

chris.goodman@outside-org.co.uk

suzie.fellows@outside-org.co.uk

Kendrick Lamar To Headline American Express presents BST Hyde Park 2020

Kendrick Lamar To Headline American Express presents BST Hyde Park 2020

Kendrick Lamar To Headline American Express presents BST Hyde Park 2020

Festival line ups don’t get any bigger than this. American Express presents BST Hyde Park makes its fourth announcement for 2020. US songwriter, producer, poet, musician, multiple Grammy Award winner and hip hop royalty – Kendrick Lamar will close the first weekend on Sunday 5th July. Kendrick is joined by Mercury Prize-winning James Blake and Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard – more names to be announced. 

Kendrick Lamar is regarded by both critics and fans as one of the most skilled and successful recording artists of all time. He is also the world’s most decorated; receiving 173 awards from 390 nominations, including 13 Grammy Awards, six Billboard Music Awards and the ASCAP Vanguard Award for his work as a composer. Kendrick is an innovator in every sense of the word and broke new ground when he received the Pulitzer Prize for music in 2018, as the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the prestigious prize.

From his explosive magnum opus To Pimp A Butterfly to Pulitzer Prize-winning DAMN., Kendrick’s dexterous lyrical prowess has secured his place on the world stage like no other artist before him.

From 10am Tuesday 21 January until 9.30am Friday 24 January 2020, eligible American Express® Cardmembers can exclusively purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public. Visit  axs.com/bstamexpresale to book. T&Cs apply.

Raised in Compton, California, Kendrick embarked on his musical career as a teenager under the stage name K-Dot, releasing a mixtape that garnered local attention and led to his signing with indie record label Top Dawg Entertainment. By 2012, Kendrick released his first two albums Section.80 and Good Kid, M.A.A.D City which received critical acclaim. To Pimp A Butterfly and DAMN., released in 2015 and 2017 respectively, garnered more global attention with tracks ‘The Blacker The Berry’, ‘Alright’, ‘HUMBLE.’ and ‘LOYALTY.’. 

Between the release of his increasingly iconic albums, Kendrick has regularly teamed up with international superstars as well as emerging artists, lending his distinctive rap to a wide range of musical styles. He’s worked with Dr Dre, U2, James Blake, fellow BST headliner Taylor Swift, Sia, Travis Scott and SZA – who featured on the hit ‘All The Stars’ for the Black Panther soundtrack in 2018, which Kendrick co-produced. 

Aside from his acclaimed albums, Kendrick’s live show has also progressed – best highlighted via his iconic and politically charged 2018 Grammy performance, making his headline show at this year’s BST Hyde Park all the more exciting. An opportunity to witness one of the greatest modern day musicians at the peak of his powers.

Also on the bill is James Blake – one of the most prolific artists of this decade. He’s a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer, who’s collaborated with the biggest names in hip-hop – Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Beyoncé, Drake, Chance the Rapper and Jay-Z. Last year, Blake was up for two Grammy awards in rap categories, alongside Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock and Future for their track ‘King’s Dead’, taken from the Black Panther soundtrack. And he’s even been called “Hip-hop’s favourite Brit” by The Guardian. His fourth and most recent album Assume Form was lauded by critics, as are his awe-inspiring live shows. 

Those not privy to her solo work will recognise Brittany Howard as the peerless voice and guitarist of Alabama Shakes. As a soloist, Brittany masters any genre she is drawn to; from ramshackle hip-hop, spoken word and gospel to funk, jazz and neo soul. Her critically acclaimed debut album Jaime was released last year and proved that Brittany loses none of the magic by stepping out on her own. 

American Express presents BST Hyde Park 2020 is back for another year of unique shows and unforgettable music moments, for the 8th edition. It has become THE place to be in the London summer, a date in the diary for 100s of 1000s of fans every year. 

Pearl Jam now SOLD OUT

Already announced: Little Mix (4th July), Pearl Jam (10th July) and Taylor Swift (11th July). 

Last year continued the tradition of must-see experiences that has seen The Rolling Stones return to Hyde Park, Carole King play her classic album ‘Tapestry’ in full for the first time ever, comebacks for The Strokes and The Libertines and many more.

There was Celine Dion slaying, Stevie Wonder stunning with a greatest hits set, Barbra Streisand charming fans and critics alike in a rare show, Florence + The Machine bringing a host of female performers to their day as well as co-headliners The National and finally, Robbie Williams royally entertaining a sold out Hyde Park.

And of course, Open House will return, the FREE 4 day event between the two weekends of music, offering amazing events and activities for everyone – free vibrant live music & entertainment, sensational open-air cinema nights, live sport showings, street food, pop up bars and loads for the family too.

Alongside bringing fans the superstar artists they deserve, is a real commitment to Accessibility, Community and Sustainability that American Express presents BST Hyde Park is very proud of…and strives to improve year on year.

In 2019, the event was awarded Gold on Attitude Is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice for its facilities for deaf and disabled fans, the highest award available. Industry leading facilities include accessible viewing areas, roaming drinks vendors, lowered counters, dedicated accessible entrances with shuttles from car parking, British Sign Language interpreters for all acts on The Great Oak Stage, accessible toilets at every toilet block, Hearing Induction Loops, and free Companion passes for all ticket types.

Community initiatives do not stop with the midweek programme either, it also includes interns from local colleges working with the team, local schools performing at Open House, local food traders and much more. Sustainability is at the heart of the festival with a green team advising fans on recycling, fuel from 100% renewable resources, 100% biodegradable food packaging, and compostable paper cups across the site.  Artists are even advised on greener riders.  Real time power monitoring and innovative hybrid and battery solutions in 2019 helped reduce energy use by over 25% and the festival continues to find ways to be more environmentally friendly.  This year the event is partnering with Energy Revolution to help visitor balance their travel emissions.

American Express presents BST Hyde Park is an award-winning festival: 

Shortlisted for the Greener Festival Award at the 2019 Festival Awards

Shortlisted for Best Festival at the Q Awards 2018

Shortlisted for Best Major Festival and Best Metropolitan Festival at the Festival Awards 2018

‘Best Live Act’ The Cure @ BST Hyde Park at the Live UK Magazine Awards 2018

Shortlisted for Best Major Festival and Best Metropolitan Festival at the UK Festival Awards 2017 

AEG/Goldenvoice (organisers of BST) ‘Best Promoter’ at the UK Festival Awards 2016

Headline Performance of the Year (The Libertines) at the UK Festival Awards 2014 

‘Festival of the Year’ at the UK Event Awards 2013

‘Best Use of New Technology’ at the Festival Awards 2013

Tickets are on general sale Friday 24 January 10am

Ticket prices start at £65 + Booking Fee

For media enquiries: 

The Outside Organisation: 020 7436 3633

chris.goodman@outside-org.co.uk

suzannah.fellows@outside-org.co.uk

FIRST LOOK: BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE WHITNEY HOUSTON HOLOGRAM TOUR

FIRST LOOK: BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE WHITNEY HOUSTON HOLOGRAM TOUR

FIRST LOOK: BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE WHITNEY HOUSTON HOLOGRAM TOUR

Today, BASE Hologram and the Estate of Whitney E. Houston give fans all over the world the first sneak peek behind the scenes of ‘An Evening With Whitney’ – the eagerly anticipated Whitney Houston hologram tour. Coinciding with news of Whitney’s induction into the illustrious Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, the tour is a celebration of Houston’s music, transcendent impact and influence.

Presented through state-of-the-art proprietary holographic technology and combined with unmatched Broadway theatrical stagecraft, a live band, back-up singers and dancers set to digitally remastered arrangements of her classic songs, the production will be helmed by acclaimed choreographer Fatima Robinson (“Dreamgirls,” “The Academy Awards”). Named one of Entertainment Weekly’s “100 Most Creative People in Entertainment,” Robinson is known for her work choreographing massive events and directing multiple award-winning music videos working with such names as Rihanna, Kanye West, and Mary J. Blige.

More than just a groundbreaking technological experience, the tour will be enhanced by live dancers accompanying Houston’s hologram with new choreography. In this first look behind the scenes, hundreds turned up to dance auditions in Los Angeles held by acclaimed director and choreographer Fatima Robinson alongside collaborative partner Adrian Wiltshire <LINK> The BTS video provides a first look at dance auditions, exclusively previewing what die-hard Whitney fans can expect when the tour commences. 

Whitney’s timeless 1987 hit ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)’ beams as the footage’s soundtrack as Fatima and Adrian run through the choreography that will accompany the digitized icon on stage. True to Whitney’s essence as performer who boasted a combination of technical precision, soul and personality, Adrian highlighted the need for dancers to have a healthy balance of all three to do the show and her iconic hits justice.

Robinson, who famously worked with the incomparable legend on set of the ‘I’m Every Woman’ video, confesses she wanted to get involved with the production as a chance to curate a singular experience where fans across the globe can once again bask in the presence and spirit of Whitney’s once in a lifetime talent.

Fatima says: “There is only one Whitney. No one will ever have that voice. Her music touched every generation. We’re going to take some movie magic and add it into our live performance. It’s going to be incredible.”

‘An Evening With Whitney Houston’ is produced by BASE Hologram, the leading live event producer of cutting edge holographic live entertainment tours and attractions worldwide, in partnership with The Estate of Whitney E. Houston.

Kicking off in Sheffield, the twelve date UK & IRL tour will also expand throughout the globe with stops planned across Europe and in Mexico and North America. The show will include all of the singer’s iconic hits including “I Will Always Love You,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”, “The Greatest Love of All” and “Higher Love.”

“Whitney Houston was a talent beyond words, and her influence and artistry transcended all boundaries,” said Brian Becker, Chairman & CEO, BASE Entertainment and BASE Hologram.“What we are creating here is a new type of theatrical concert experience designed to capture that magic. When she performed there was an unmatched level of charisma and emotion to it – that’s what we are going to bring to audiences and it’s an honor to be able to help add to her legacy with this project.”

“A hologram show is all about the imagination and creating a “wow factor” that extends to an incredible experience to enjoy for years to come,” said Pat Houston, Whitney’s former Manager and President and CEO of The Estate of Whitney E. Houston. “Whitney is not with us but her music will live with us forever. We know we made the right decision partnering with BASE because they understand how important it is to produce a phenomenal hologram. They also know that engaging her fans with an authentic Whitney experience would resonate worldwide because of the iconic status that she created over three decades. Her fans deserve nothing less because she gave nothing less than her best.”

The only artist to chart seven consecutive #1 Billboard Hot 100 hits, the first female artist to enter the Billboard 200 Album Charts at #1 and the only artist with eight consecutive multi-platinum albums, Whitney Houston redefined what it meant to be an iconic superstar. Certified by The Guinness World Records as “the most awarded female artist of all time” with over 400 awards including 6 GRAMMYS, 22 American Music Awards, 16 Billboard Music Awards, two Emmy nominations and one win, Houston also had success on the big screen with starring roles in “The Bodyguard,” “Waiting To Exhale” and “The Preacher’s Wife.”

“Whitney was a musical trail-blazer and I’m extremely honored to have this opportunity to help craft this show in her honor,” said director and choreographer Fatima Robinson“I always enjoyed watching this magnificent woman and voice on stage and to be able to play a role in recreating that and helping others have those same emotions and experience is special.”

“There is a reason why it is so hard to cover a Whitney Houston track, she really was one-of-a-kind,” said Marty Tudor, BASE Hologram CEO of Production. “What we are doing with this tour is to celebrate her incredible life and to do that we have to get every detail right. It would be a disservice to her, her family and her fans if we weren’t anything other 100% authentic. We are privileged to have been entrusted with this responsibility and hope audiences are able to come, enjoy and get lost in the music of the industry’s most talented performers.”

An Evening With Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour will join BASE Hologram’s current touring shows “Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly: The Rock ‘N’ Roll Dream Tour” and “Callas in Concert.”

Tickets on sale now. To purchase tickets or to find more information, please visit ticketline.co.uk or the venues direct.

Tickets priced £45 – £70

AN EVENING WITH WHITNEY: THE WHITNEY HOUSTON HOLOGRAM TOUR DATES:

Tuesday, 25 February, Sheffield, UK @ City Hall

Thursday, 27 February, Liverpool, UK @ M&S Bank Arena

Friday, 28 February, Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo

Saturday, 29 February, Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena

Sunday, 01 March, Glasgow, UK @ SEC Armadillo (Clyde Auditorium)

Tuesday, 03 March, Dublin, IE @ Bord Gais Theatre

Wednesday, 04 March, Birmingham, UK @ Arena Birmingham

Thursday, 05 March, Bournemouth, UK @ Bournemouth International Centre

Friday, 06 March, Cardiff, UK @ Motorpoint Arena

Saturday, 07 March, Brighton, UK @ Brighton Centre

Monday, 09 March, Nottingham, UK @ Royal Concert Centre

Tuesday, 10 March, London, UK @ Hammersmith Eventim Apollo

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Line up for 20th year of Teenage Cancer Trust gigs at Royal Albert Hall announced as charity celebrates 30th anniversary

Line up for 20th year of Teenage Cancer Trust gigs at Royal Albert Hall announced as charity celebrates 30th anniversary

Line up for 20th year of Teenage Cancer Trust gigs at Royal Albert Hall announced as charity celebrates 30th anniversary

Teenage Cancer Trust has announced four of the acts set to headline its annual fundraising concert series at the Royal Albert Hall in 2020, taking place from March 23rd to March 29th.

Headlining the 20th edition is renowned electronic duo Groove Armada, Welsh rockers Stereophonics plus a special acoustic performance from Paul Weller, Manchester-based Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds and funk aficionados Nile Rodgers & CHIC with more special guests to be announced soon.

Kicking off proceedings at the Royal Albert Hall is Stereophonics who performed at the first ever Teenage Cancer Trust gig at the Royal Albert Hall back in 2000 and return this year for the twentieth anniversary shows. With unparalleled longevity and continued success, Stereophonics are a band woven into the fabric of popular music. With new album ‘Kind’ Kelly Jones continues to cement his place amongst the great British songwriters with an ability to sketch and capture truth and beauty from everyday observations as well as delving into his own life experiences. Having achieved 7 number 1 albums, 10 top 10 albums, 23 Platinum Sales Awards, over 10 million albums sold worldwide, 5 BRIT nominations and 1 BRIT Award win, and still headlining arenas and festivals to legions of dedicated fans, Stereophonics stand as undeniable giants of the current music scene.

Also featuring with the Stereophonics for an acoustic set is very special guest Paul Weller, another one who was part of the first Teenage Cancer Trust gig at the Royal Albert Hall. With a career spanning releases that traverse the sounds of blue-eyed soul, new wave, punk rock and the mod revival, Paul Weller is a musical chameleon who proudly marches to the beat of his own drum. Introduced to the world as a member of bands The Jam and The Style Council before establishing a well-received solo career, he has become one of Britain’s most enduring musicians and cultural figures.

From their humble beginnings as London club night promoters, Andy Cato and Tom Findlay aka Groove Armadahave solidified themselves as one of electronic music’s most innovative, influential and recognisable acts. Storming onto the scene with their seminal debut album Northern Star, the duo quickly carved out their niche in the downtempo alcoves of dance music, garnering several GRAMMY and BRIT Award nominations along the way.  

Last year saw the duo perform as a live act for the first time since 2013, featuring their full original band and touring setup. The shows naturally amazed audiences across the UK and expect an equally unmissable performance come March 26th. The band will be releasing a brand new studio album this summer and will announce further UK shows soon.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds released their eponymous debut album in 2011 on Sour Mash Records. The album went double platinum in the UK and has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide. The second album ‘Chasing Yesterday’ was released in March 2015 – the first album to be produced as well as written by Noel. The third album ‘Who Built The Moon?’ followed in 2017 debuting in the UK at Number 1 and achieving gold certification in less than 2 weeks after its release – making it a hat trick of Number 1 solo albums for Noel. ‘Who Built The Moon?’ was also a record-breaking 10th consecutive chart-topping studio album in the UK for Noel – no other artist has achieved such a feat.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will release their ‘Blue Moon Rising’ EP on 6th March 2020 which features the recent single ‘Wandering Star’. The EP, which is available to pre-order now, features new songs as well as remixes of the title track and will be available digitally and on limited edition vinyl formats. ‘Blue Moon Rising’ is the third EP of new music from Noel to be released in less than a year – ‘Black Star Dancing’ was released in June 2019 followed by ‘This Is The Place’ in September.

With over 500 million copies cumulatively sold as the mastermind behind seminal disco/funk band CHIC and a songwriter/producer for Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Madonna and Daft Punk, few artists have a resume as impressive as Nile Rodgers. His pioneering and indelible contributions to music have earned him three Grammy Awards and inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and the honour of being a chairman for the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. More recently, Nile has been appointed as the first ever Chief Creative Advisor for the legendary Abbey Road Studios and was included in “festival best” performances at both Glastonbury and Coachella that resulted in the BBC nominating the band for the BBC Music Awards as “Best Live Performance”.


Nile Rodgers & CHIC are set to perform what will be a fittingly upbeat and euphoric show to close out the 20th edition of Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall. 

For additional line-up and ticketing information visit teenagecancertrust.org/gigs

2020 marks the 20th year of the charity’s phenomenally successful series of music and comedy events, which are curated by The Who frontman and Teenage Cancer Trust Patron Roger Daltrey CBE, and raise funds to support young people with cancer.    The gigs will also help celebrate the 30th anniversary of Teenage Cancer Trust. 

Ever since The Who reformed for the first Teenage Cancer Trust Royal Albert Hall show in 2000, the annual events have witnessed some extraordinary, once in a lifetime shows  from Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn performing together for the first time ever in 2013, Sir Paul McCartney in 2012, plus the likes of Oasis, Muse, Ed Sheeran, Florence + The Machine and many more.

Some of the biggest names in entertainment have now raised more than £30 million for Teenage Cancer Trust’s specialist nurses, hospital wards and support teams that help young people through the toughest times of their lives. 

Roger Daltrey CBE, Teenage Cancer Trust Patron, said: 

Once again we’ve got some incredible artists on the bill for 2020 and I can’t thank them enough for giving up their time for Teenage Cancer Trust. Since the first gig back in 2000 audiences have raised millions to fund Teenage Cancer Trust nurses, support teams and special hospital wards that have helped young people cope with some unimaginably hard times. Without Teenage Cancer Trust these specialist services would simply not be there.

“I’ve seen first-hand the difference this support makes to so many young people with cancer over the years and I’m beyond proud to be a part of the Teenage Cancer Trust team. Everyone who’s helped us achieve this is a hero in my book, and I’d like to thank everyone who has got us this far.

“Teenage Cancer Trust started out 30 years ago to change everything for young people with cancer. And that’s exactly what we’ve done. But we want a world where cancer doesn’t stop young people from living their lives-there’s so much more we need to do.

“This age group deserves these facilities and programmes in our NHS, but without your support for this charity they would not exist.

By buying a ticket to these shows you will be helping this great cause do exactly that.” 

Before Teenage Cancer Trust was established in 1990 there was no specialist cancer care for teenagers and young adults.   Those aged 13-24 were being treated on adult wards, or in children’s wards, and this could cause additional stress and trauma. Many felt alone and isolated, as it was likely they’d never meet another person their age with cancer.        

Today, around half of all young people with cancer are treated on 28 Teenage Cancer Trust wards across the UK, by specialist nurses and youth support teams. Almost every young person with cancer can get support from specialist Teenage Cancer Trust nurses wherever they live.

As Teenage Cancer Trust celebrates 30 years, the charity is focused on driving up survival rates for young people with cancer, championing their needs to ensure they have equal access to vital care and expanding its own services to be there after treatment ends, as young people rebuild their lives after cancer.

Kate Collins, Chief Executive Officer, Teenage Cancer Trust, said: 

“The leap forward in care that Teenage Cancer Trust has been able to provide to young people facing cancer over the past 30 years has only been possible thanks to our generous supporters – including our Royal Albert Hall artists and audiences.  But much more needs to change, and we can’t wait another 30 years for that to happen.

“That’s we’re incredibly grateful for the amazing support from the artists getting involved in our 2020 gigs. It’s going to be an unforgettable experience and will help us support every young person with cancer who needs us.”

Around 100 young people who’ve been supported by Teenage Cancer Trust will enjoy the ‘Ultimate Backstage Experience’ during the 2020 gig series. As part of an unforgettable night, the charity offers them the chance to meet with the acts, write and perform their own song, and to appear on stage alongside Roger Daltrey to share experiences and thank audiences for their support.

For line-up and ticketing information visit:

www.gigsandtours.com

www.ticketmaster.co.uk

www.royalalberthall.com

@teenagecancer 
#teenagecancergigs

BRAND NEW VIDEO FROM BUGZY MALONE

BRAND NEW VIDEO FROM BUGZY MALONE

BRAND NEW VIDEO FROM BUGZY MALONE

Self-proclaimed ‘King Of The North’ Bugzy Malone has delivered his first release of 2020, ‘Cause A Commotion’, a gritty track featuring Skip Marley with the official release of the audio on the 15thJan, and the video release on the 17thJan.
 
Produced by Toddla T, ‘Cause A Commotion’ is sonically a stark contrast from the Grime sounds of Bugzy’s previous work. ‘Cause A Commotion’ sees Bugzy experiment with dancehall undertones which is further complemented by the addition of Skip Marley, grandson of the Reggae luminary Bob Marley.
 
Prior to its official release, the track secured first plays with Annie Mac’s as her ‘Hottest Record’ and BBC 1xtra as DJ Target featured it as his ‘Target Embargo’.
 
The accompanying video, directed by acclaimed Nigerian director/photographer Meji Alabi, who has previously helmed visuals for Skepta, Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage and GoldLink, portrays Jamaica in an authentic manner. Seeking to highlight the country’s socio-political complexities while celebrating its many cultural signatures. 
 
The cinematic nature of the visual lends itself well to Bugzy’s recent transition into film where he recently starred alongside A-List actors Matthew McConaughey and Hugh Brant in the Guy Ritchie-led ‘The Gentleman’.
 
One of the UK’s leading rappers, Bugzy Malone burst onto the music scene in 2015 with his debut EP ‘Walk With Me’. Released on Charlie Sloth’s independent label, Grimey Limey, the project reached No.8 on the UK albums chart. A significant milestone for a release without major label backing. 
 
He would soon build on these foundations with the arrival of his Silver-certified EP’s ‘Facing Time’ and ‘King Of The North’ before releasing his full-length debut album ‘B-Inspired’ which peaked at No. 6 on the UK Albums Chart while garnering critical acclaim from The Guardian and TRENCH.
 
With a new sound and blossoming acting career in tow, ‘Cause A Common’ marks the culmination of a new phase in this dynamic talent’s trajectory.       
 
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The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Ammar Malik

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Ammar Malik

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Ammar Malik

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from Ammar Malik whose songs have sold over 100 million copies and been streamed over 10 billion times worldwide as well as achieving 108 Number 1 and 310 Top 10 Chart positions globally.

Ammar Malik has co-written some of the most iconic modern pop songs including Maroon 5’s 2011 hit ‘Moves Like Jagger’, featuring Christina Aguilera, which was Number 1 in 18 Countries including the US and has been certified 9x platinum in the US and 3x platinum in the UK; Clean Bandit’s 2016 UK Christmas Number 1 ‘Rockabye’, featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie, which was 3x platinum in both the UK and US and reached Number 1 in over 26 countries; and Gym Class Heroes’ ‘Stereo Hearts’ featuring Adam Levine which was certified 5x platinum in the US.

Following ‘Moves Like Jagger’ Ammar Malik has worked extensively with Maroon 5 including co-writing ‘Payphone’ which was certified 7x platinum in the US and 2x platinum in the UK; ‘Maps’ which is certified 4x platinum in the US; ‘Don’t Wanna Know’ which was Top 10 in 23 Countries and certified 2x platinum in the US; and the platinum certified ‘Wait’. 

The Catalogue also includes the 3x US platinum ‘Symphony’ by Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson; 2x US platinum ‘Chains’ by Nick Jonas, US platinum certified ‘Both of Us’ by B.o.B featuring Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran’s UK platinum certified ‘New Man’ as well as songs by Ariana Grande, OneRepublic, DJ Snake, Olly Murs, Jason Mraz and One Direction.

In addition to his commercial success, Ammar Malik was awarded BMI’s “Songwriter of the Year” award in 2013 and BMI’s “Song of the Year” award for co-writing ‘Moves Like Jagger’.

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Ammar Malik’s copyright interests in this catalogue, which comprises 90 songs, including publishing and writers share of income.  

Ammar Malik was represented by managers David Silberstein and Jeremy Levin and counsel Todd Rubenstein.

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: 

“Ammar has been one of the most influential songwriters of the last 10 years and songs like ‘Moves Like Jagger’ and ‘Rockabye’ are iconic. ‘Moves Like Jagger’ is now almost as famous as Mick Jagger himself.  I’m very happy to welcome Ammar, David and Jeremy to the Hipgnosis family.”

Ammar Malik said:

“Merck is a true music fan who values the songs and songwriters above all. I am thrilled to be part of the Hipgnosis family and to know that my songs are in amazing hands.”

David Silberstein said:

“It has been a pleasure dealing with Merck and the team at Hipgnosis throughout this transaction. Merck’s vision of bringing a greater value and appreciation to songs and songwriters is something that we fully support and are excited to be a part of.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer – Joint Corporate BrokerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
J.P. Morgan Cazenove – Joint Corporate BrokerWilliam Simmonds / Ed Murray / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)James Bouverat / Eddie Nissen (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
COIN DROPS NEW SONG & VIDEO “ LET IT ALL OUT ”

COIN DROPS NEW SONG & VIDEO “ LET IT ALL OUT ”

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COIN DROPS NEW SONG & VIDEO “LET IT ALL OUT”

Alt-pop trio COIN return with new single & video “Let It All Out” today! The track will be featured on the band’s forthcoming album Dreamland set for release on January 24, 2020. Click HERE to view!

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Lead singer Chase Lawrence said on the making of the track, “From Nashville to Seoul to London to Los Angeles, we recorded everywhere but a studio. For the past two years, we made this album in green rooms, bedrooms, airplanes, & buses. ‘Dreamland’ is a patchwork quilt of everywhere we’ve been — a sonic journal of orchestras, out of tune guitars, church choirs, & iPhone voice memos. ‘Let It All Out (10:05)’ began on a stage in Manila, overwhelmed by anxiousness & uncertainty. My mind was racing, but my feet wouldn’t move an inch. 1 take of vocals & 2 hours later, this song fell in our lap.”

In conjunction with their upcoming album, COIN will also be heading out on the road for a headlining U.S. tour. The 22-city run is set to kick off on March 10th in Tampa, FL at The Ritz Ybor and will wrap on April 12th in Minneapolis, MN at Varsity Theater and will include iconic venues like The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville TNThe Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA and House of Blues in Boston, MA. See routing below and click HEREfor more info!

Since the arrival of their 2016 breakthrough single “Talk Too Much,” COIN have continually turned out sublimely catchy alt-pop, equally built on effervescent hooks and an understated complexity. With that dynamic earning them a passionate following, the Nashville-based trio have spent much of the past few years bringing their sing-along-heavy live set to frenzied crowds all across the globe. On their upcoming album, COIN are embracing their pop instincts more fully than ever, dreaming up their most sonically adventurous yet emotionally direct batch of songs to date.

2020 TOUR DATES

March 10—Tampa, FL—The Ritz Ybor

March 12—Orlando, FL—House of Blues Orlando

March 13—Atlanta, GA—Tabernacle

March 14—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium

March 15—Charlotte, NC—The Fillmore Charlotte

March 19—Boston, MA—House of Blues Boston

March 20—Asbury Park, NJ—The Stone Pony

March 21—Baltimore, MD—Baltimore Soundstage

March 22—Philadelphia, PA—Theatre of Living Arts

March 24—Pittsburgh, PA—Roxian Theatre

March 26—Detroit, MI—Saint Andrew’s Hall

March 27—Cleveland, OH—House of Blues Cleveland

March 28—Columbus, OH—Express Live!

March 31—Denver, CO—Ogden Theatre

April 1—Salt Lake City, UT—The Complex

April 3—San Diego, CA—The Observatory North Park

April 4—Los Angeles, CA—The Wiltern

April 6—Phoenix, AZ—The Van Buren

April 9—Houston, TX—House of Blues Houston

April 10—Dallas, TX—South Side Ballroom

April 11—Kansas City, MO—The Truman

April 12—Minneapolis, MN—Varsity Theater

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MelodyVR Launches Open/R Music Discovery Month

MelodyVR Launches Open/R Music Discovery Month

MelodyVR Launches Open/R Music Discovery Month

MelodyVR is proud to introduce four of the most exciting new artists as part of its inaugural Open/R Music Discovery Month.  Launching on 16th January, with L DevineJC StewartAshnikko and Hamzaa, Music Discovery Month will showcase the sounds of the future, presented in the medium of the future. 

Specially created immersive Open/R episodes, available on smartphones and VR headsets, will go deep inside the creative process, allowing fans to enjoy an unprecedented connection to the artists that will help shape the sound of 2020 –  taking their journey with them in VR.

Working closely with the artists, MelodyVR’s Music Discovery Month will shine a light on the most exciting new talent in a deeper, more connected way than ever before. Fans will be transported to locations that have played a significant role in the artists’ musical journeys to this point. Each of the four episodes will include exclusive studio performances utilising MelodyVR’s 360° technology, for a unique, immersive experience. 

MelodyVR’s Music Discover Month picks are:

L Devine

Tune into the youthful social commentary of L Devine’s hailed alt-pop music, strutting with sparky, outspoken grit and infectious melodies. Viewers will follow her journey from songwriting in a small coastal home town to selling out shows in London and beyond.

Interested in music from a very early age – forming her first band aged seven – L Devine has already received acclaim from Radio 1, Beats 1 and BBC Introducing; and garnered praise from the likes of Charli XCX. Her colourful indie pop comes with a compelling aesthetic, making her one of this year’s most exciting new additions in music.

Says L Devine: “I love finding new ways to be creative and this is like a whole new world for me – it’s cool to put my world into this new world. It’s really exciting for me and I can’t wait for people to experience my music with MelodyVR.”

JC Stewart 

Hailing from Northern Ireland, the self-confessed ‘professional sad boy’ has gained global respect for his unique, conversational lyricism and timeless voice. This exclusive show will allow new fans to find out what drives his mature approach to songwriting with a visit to the places that helped shape his sound. 

JC Stewart has already worked with breakout star, Lewis Capaldi, co-writing ‘Hollywood’ for his No. 1 debut album. His poignant presence and voice to match are causing waves, with 2020 surely his year.

He says: “Being in virtual reality is kinda cool. If nothing else, the ability to watch myself in VR and live in a world where I get to see my own face – what’s not to like, it’s great. I’m so excited for everyone to join me in my hometown and in the studio with MelodyVR.”

Ashnikko

Enter the world of anime-infused rapper, Ashnikko. Explosive flows and witty lyricism got our attention; now get to know the artist behind the rebellious alt-rap fusion sounds coming for you this year.

Already a well-known figure on TikTok, Ashnikko can spit bars like no other, and is unapologetically unique. Pushing boundaries wherever she goes, she will be a huge name in music – and a role model for many.

“I think MelodyVR uses really exciting new tech and virtual reality is a new way for me to engage with my fans – I’m hyped,” says Ashnikko.

Hamzaa 

Honesty really is the best policy, and is threaded through Hamzaa’s powerfully raw and deeply personal storytelling. Step beyond the sound and discover the person behind the music giving us all the expressive feels in 2020.

Hamzaa bagged a spot on ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ while she was still unsigned and has already played a slot at Glastonbury. Her exquisite vocals pair beautifully with her soulful, heart-rending pop songs, which artists such as Stormzy and Jorja Smith have already got behind.

She explains “I find it so cool that I get a chance to be a part of something new and fresh. Getting to show my music through the MelodyVR experience is something that’s not only a new experience for me but for my supporters too. I always think it’s important to keep them engaged and keep things exciting! So thank you MelodyVR for letting me take part.”

Iain Funnell, Senior VP of Creative, Content and Editorial at MelodyVR says: “MelodyVR is committed to artist freedom of expression through pioneering technology. Music Discovery Month allows each new act to show what they’re truly about, in a totally fresh and immersive format. It was fantastic to spend time with such exciting new talent – and these shows will allow music lovers to feel that exact same thrill.”

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Emile Haynie

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Emile Haynie

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Emile Haynie

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from Emile Haynie, an award-winning American producer who has collaborated on some of the most iconic hip hop and pop albums of all time.

In 2009 and 2010, Emile Hayne collaborated as an executive producer on Kid Cudi’s three times Grammy Nominated ‘Man on the Moon: The End of Day’ and ‘Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager’ which were respectively certified 2x platinum and platinum in the US and which remain two of the most influential hip hop albums of all time.

Emile Haynie also produced Lana Del Rey’s 2012 album ‘Born to Die’, which reached Number 1 in five countries including the UK and is certified 3x platinum in the UK and platinum in the US. ‘Born to Die’ was the fifth bestselling album of 2012 globally and has been streamed over 1 billion times on Spotify alone. Emile Haynie also produced the fourth single from the album ‘Summertime Sadness’ which is certified 4x platinum in the US and 2x platinum in the UK.

The Catalogue increases our exposure to Bruno Mars’ Grammy Award album ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ which reached Number 1 in the US and UK and is certified 4x platinum in the US and 3x platinum in the UK. This included producing, alongside Jeff Bhasker, the Grammy Award nominated and US Number 1 ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’ which is certified 7x platinum in the US and 2x platinum in the UK and the US platinum singles ‘Young Girls’ and ‘Gorilla’.

Emile Haynie has also collaborated on Adele’s US diamond certified album ‘25’, which reached number 1 in 32 countries including the US and UK and with over 25 million copies sold is one of the best selling albums of all time, Eminem’s 2010 album ‘Recovery’ which was nominated for two Grammy Awards winning “Best Rap Album” and is certified 3x platinum in the US and the UK as well as Fun’s Grammy Award winning and US 3x Platinum album ‘Some Nights.  

The Catalogue also includes the successful hit songs ‘Runaway’ by Kanye West featuring Pusha T which is certified platinum in the US, ‘Headlights’ by Eminem featuring Nate Ruess which is certified platinum in the US and ‘River’ by Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran which is certified platinum in the UK as well as songs performed by Camila Cabello, Dua Lipa, FKA Twigs, Ian Brown, Lady Gaga, Pink, Emeli Sande, The Rolling Stones, ASAP Rocky, Drake, SZA, London Grammar, Mark Ronson and Florence and the Machine.

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Emile Haynie’s worldwide copyrights, including publishing and writer share, as well as  producer royalty income streams, of his catalogue comprising 122 songs.

Emile Haynie was represented by Neil Jacobson at Crescent Drive Productions and Renee Karalian at Carroll Guido Groffman Cohen Bar & Karalian, LLP. 

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome Emile to the Hipgnosis family. He is one of the most influential producers of the last decade and with Lana Del Ray, Kid Cudi, Eminem, Bruno Mars, Fun and many others he has made important records that have inspired so many other great creators.”

Neil Jacobson said

“Emile’s catalogue contains so many works that were culture shifting moments in music. From Kid Cudi’s “Man on the Moon” albums (whom Emile helped to discover) to Lana Del Reys first album “Born to die” to singles like “Runaway” by Kanye and “Locked out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars. There’s a depth and a grit to Emile’s sound which is the through line to all these works and is palpable to all those that love amazing production.”

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Tom DeLonge

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Tom DeLonge

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Tom DeLonge

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from Tom DeLonge, an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and co-founder of one of the millennium’s most popular bands, Blink-182.

Tom DeLonge is a hugely prominent and influential musician; he achieved great success as guitarist and vocalist of pop punk band, Blink-182, which rose from the Southern California punk scene of the early 1990s. The band has received 18 awards from 29 nominations, including MTV Europe Music Awards for “Best New Act” in 2000 and “Best Rock Act” in 2001, ”Favourite Band” at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in 2001 and Teen Choice Awards for “Choice Rock Group” and ”Best Rock Group” in 2000 and 2001 respectively. The music of Blink-182 is considered to be one of the key influencers of the development of the genre, selling over 13 million albums in the US and over 50 million albums worldwide to date. 

The band’s first studio album, ‘Cheshire Cat’, was released in 1995, bringing the band great success in and outside of the San Diego punk scene. ‘M+M’s’ and ‘Wasting Time’ were released as singles to promote the album, and received popularity locally through radio play. The album is cited by bands and fans as an iconic release, and its popularity spread to the UK where it was certified silver. The second album, ‘Dude Ranch’, was released in 1997 and was the band’s major record label debut. Album sales increased dramatically when lead single ‘Dammit’ was released, a radio hit single that helped the band gain mainstream credibility. The single, which has been streamed over 150 million times, spent 28 weeks on Billboard’s Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart reaching Number 11, nine weeks on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart peaking at Number 28 and nine weeks on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100. The album included three further singles; ‘Apple Shampoo’, ‘Dick Lips’ and ‘Josie’, and was certified platinum in 1999. 

The band’s third album, ‘Enema of the State,’ was an enormous commercial success following its release in 1999, selling over 15 million copies worldwide and inspiring a second wave of the pop punk music genre. Three singles were released from the album: ‘What’s My Age Again?’, ‘All the Small Things’, and ‘Adam’s Song’, all of which became major radio and MTV hits. The single, ‘All The Small Things’, which is certified platinum in the UK, Italy and Australia, was released in early 2000 and became the band’s most successful single. The song, which has been streamed over 390 million times on Spotify, reached Number 1 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, Number 2 on the UK Singles chart, Number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and charted within the top 20 in ten other countries. ‘All The Small Things’ was selected by Rolling Stone as one of the ‘100 Greatest Pop Songs’ and has appeared on film and gaming soundtracks, marking its cultural significance. The music video won ‘Best Video’ at the 2000 Kerrang! Awards and ‘Best Group Video’ at the MTV Video Music Awards in the same year. 

The band’s fourth album ‘Take Off Your Pants and Jacket’ continued their run of phenomenal  commercial success selling more than 14 million copies worldwide in 2001 / 2002 as well as achieving tremendous critical acclaim. The album produced three hit singles that were all top ten hits on modern rock charts; ‘The Rock Show’, ‘Stay Together for the Kids’ and ‘First Date’. The album debuted at Number 1 in the US, Canada and Germany, and was the first punk rock record to debut at Number 1 on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 350,000 copies. Billboard attributed the success of the album as a result of the first single, ‘The Rock Show’, which reached Number 2 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart and in recent years has been streamed over 150 million times. The album was ranked as one of ‘The 50 Best Rock Albums of the 2000s’ by Kerrang! in 2016.

In 2003 the band released an untitled fifth album, also known as ‘Blink-182’, which sold 7 million copies worldwide. Four singles were released from the album; ‘Feeling This’, ‘I Miss You’, ‘Down’ and ‘Always’, the most successful being ‘Feeling This’ and ‘I Miss You’. ‘Feeling This’ reached Number 2 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart, was a top 20 hit in the UK and Australia and has been streamed over 150 million times. ‘I Miss You’ reached Number 1 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart, and reached Number 8 on the UK Singles chart and has since been streamed over 500 million times. The album debuted at Number 3 on the US Billboard 200 chart.

After leaving Blink-182 in 2004, Tom DeLonge started the band ‘Angels and Airwaves’, which received four MTV Video Music Awards nominations in 2006, and has released five albums to date; ‘We Don’t Need to Whisper’ (2006), ‘I-Empire’ (2007), ‘Love’ (2010), ‘Love: Part Two’ (2011) and ‘The Dream Walker’ (2014). 

In 2011 Tom DeLonge reunited with his ‘Enema Of The State’ era bandmates to make a 6th Blink-182 album ‘Neighborhoods’ which debuted at number 3 on the Billboard charts and has achieved gold status in the US, UK and Australia.

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Tom DeLonge’s copyrights on this Catalogue which consists of 157 songs. 

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: 

“The influence of Blink-182 on today’s artists is massive. If you’re under 27 years old and making music they are a seminal band. They had angst, they had energy, they had humor but most importantly they had incredible songs and Tom is at the core of that. It’s an honour to welcome him into the Hipgnosis Family”.

Tom DeLonge said:

“It is an honor to have been playing music for so many years and to be in a position to partner with the great team at Hipgnosis to support my work. This is now a perfect opportunity for me to not only celebrate my past, but to also give me the foundation to create more music for many decades to come.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer – Joint Corporate BrokerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
J.P. Morgan Cazenove – Joint Corporate BrokerWilliam Simmonds / Ed Murray / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)James Bouverat / Eddie Nissen (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
JUSTIN BIEBER RETURNS TO THE SPOTLIGHT WITH NEW YOUTUBE ORIGINAL SERIES “JUSTIN BIEBER: SEASONS”

JUSTIN BIEBER RETURNS TO THE SPOTLIGHT WITH NEW YOUTUBE ORIGINAL SERIES “JUSTIN BIEBER: SEASONS”

JUSTIN BIEBER RETURNS TO THE SPOTLIGHT WITH NEW YOUTUBE ORIGINAL SERIES “JUSTIN BIEBER: SEASONS”

YouTube Originals today announced it is partnering with global superstar Justin Bieber on his first-ever docuseries, “Justin Bieber: Seasons,” to premiere on Monday, January 27 at 12:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 a.m. PT. The series will bring Justin Bieber back to YouTube, where it all started, to give fans a full circle look at his life. Fans can tune in to “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020” on ABC after the ball drop tonight for a preview of the series and a special message from Bieber himself.

“When I was getting started, YouTube provided me a platform and a community where I could share music, experiences and moments with my fans,” said Justin Bieber. “It feels great to partner with YouTube for this original documentary series. I want my fans to be part of this journey.”

“Justin Bieber’s courage as an artist is truly admirable and we are grateful he continues to share his inspiring story on YouTube,” said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content for YouTube. “As we aim to spotlight authentic struggles and real-life triumphs in our YouTube Originals, we are thrilled to add this special project to our 2020 slate.”

“Justin Bieber: Seasons” is an all-access, 10-episode original documentary series chronicling the making of Justin Bieber’s first album in four years. The show is a raw, powerful and intimate look at Bieber’s process of creating new music and the motivation for this new album told through the lens of his closest confidants, friends, collaborators and Bieber himself.  The series will also feature a behind-the-scenes look at Bieber’s private life, including never-before-seen footage of his wedding to Hailey Bieber and his day-to-day alongside those in his inner circle. With brand new music scoring the episodes, Justin reflects on the highs and lows of growing up in the public eye as he invites his fans on the journey leading up to the release of the highly-anticipated and most personal album of his career. “Justin Bieber: Seasons” will premiere on Monday, January 27 at 12:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 a.m. PT, with new episodes premiering free with ads each Monday and Wednesday at noon ET. Fans can sign up for YouTube Premium to get early access to new episodes and watch the series ad-free.

“Justin Bieber: Seasons” is directed and executive produced by OBB Pictures’ Michael D. Ratner with photographer Joe Termini set to direct additional episodes.  The documentary is produced by Bieber Time Films, SB Projects and OBB Pictures. Justin Bieber will serve as an executive producer. Scooter Braun, Allison Kaye and Scott Manson will serve as executive producers for SB Projects and Michael D. Ratner, Scott Ratner and Kfir Goldberg will serve as executive producers for OBB Pictures.

Susanne Daniels is Global Head of Original Content for YouTube. Alex Piper, Head of Unscripted, YouTube Originals and Cara Casey, Development Lead, YouTube Originals will oversee “Justin Bieber: Seasons” for the global platform. 

The YouTube Originals docuseries will serve as a homecoming for Justin Bieber, who skyrocketed to fame in 2007 after he was discovered on the global platform. He is currently the most subscribed artist on YouTube (47.8 million subscribers), appears in six videos with over one billion views and has over 19 billion views on his Official Artist Channel.

As part of YouTube’s previously announced new programming strategy, for the first time, YouTube’s audience of 2 billion logged-in monthly users will have the opportunity to enjoy new YouTube Originals series and specials, including “Justin Bieber: Seasons,” for free with ads. YouTube’s subscription service, YouTube Premium, will continue to offer ad-free access to all YouTube Originals with all episodes available at once to binge. The news follows record growth for YouTube Originals, with total views of the full 2019 slate growing more than 40% compared to the year before.

The YouTube Originals partnership with Justin Bieber joins a robust slate of music and personality-focused original series and specials including “Coldplay: Everyday Life – Live in Jordan,” “How to Be: Mark Ronson,” “Almost Ready” with Shay Mitchell, “Taylor Swift – Lover’s Lounge (Live),”  “Kevin Hart: What the Fit,” ”Liza on Demand” starring YouTube’s Liza Koshy, “MALUMA: Lo Que Era, Lo Que Soy, Lo Que Seré,” “Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Diaries” and “Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated.” Upcoming 2020 projects with top personalities include documentaries with Paris Hilton and Dude Perfect as well as season three of the hit scripted series, “Cobra Kai.” YouTube is also investing heavily in learning-driven original programming.

JUSTIN BIEBER RETURNS WITH NEW SINGLE “YUMMY”

JUSTIN BIEBER RETURNS WITH NEW SINGLE “YUMMY”

JUSTIN BIEBER RETURNS WITH NEW SINGLE “YUMMY”

Grammy-winning global superstar Justin Bieber delivers a Christmas Eve gift to his fans today with the announce­ment of his brand new single “Yummy” arriving on Friday, January 3rd, the first advance track from his forthcoming 2020 studio album. Today, in a special Super Trailer, Justin also announces a slate of 2020 tour dates across North America, launching in Seattle on May 14th. (Tour dates below)

Over the course of his career, Bieber has amassed more 50 billion streams and more than 60 million album equivalents worldwide. Justin’s Grammy-winning 2015 album PURPOSE has sold over 21 million copies worldwide.

As he looks ahead to the 2020 arrival of his 5th studio album, Bieber is once again ruling the airwaves and dominating the charts, as his recent collaboration with Ed Sheeran “I Don’t Care” hit #1 in 26 countries worldwide, Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” – with a little help from a Bieber remix – reached #1 in the US, and “10,000 Hours” with Dan + Shay became the highest charting debut for a country song in the history of the Billboard Hot 100. 

In 2017, the Justin-led global smash “Despacito Remix” broke streaming records and became the most-viewed video of all time. Justin made chart history with “Despacito” and the DJ Khaled-collaboration “I’m The One” as the first artist ever to tally new No. 1s on the Hot 100 in consecutive weeks, Bieber’s fourth and fifth No. 1 singles.

Purpose debuted at #1 in over 100 countries around the world, and garnered a 2016 Grammy nomination for Album Of The Year. Purpose shattered global streaming records and yielded three consecutive #1 singles in the US – “What Do You Mean,” “Sorry,” and “Love Yourself,” which received a Grammy nomination for Record Of The Year. In late 2015, all three tracks landed at #1, #2 and #3 on the UK singles chart, surpassing a record previously held by the Beatles and making Justin the first artist ever to accomplish such a feat. In February 2016, Justin won his first Grammy: Best Dance Song for the Purpose track “Where Are You Now.”

Justin Bieber, whose career launched in 2009, with the RIAA 5x-platinum worldwide hit “One Time,” is the first artist to reach over 10 billion views on VEVO. In 2014, he was ranked by Twitter as the #1 most tweeted about musical artist of the year. He has released five #1 albums to-date, and has starred in two films: Never Say Never (2011) and Believe (2013). In 2011, he was nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy. In 2013, Justin received the RIAA Diamond award in recognition of his 2010 single “Baby” (12x-platinum in the U.S. alone) as the best-selling digital single of all-time. 


JUSTIN BIEBER 2020 TOUR DATES:

05-14-20                   Seattle, WA                  CenturyLink Field
05-17-20                   Portland, OR                Moda Center
05-19-20                   Sacramento, CA          Golden1 Center
05-22-20                   Santa Clara, CA           Levi’s Stadium
05-26-20                   San Diego, CA             Pechanga Arena San Diego
05-29-20                   Pasadena, CA              Rose Bowl
06-02-20                   Las Vegas, NV             T-Mobile Arena
06-05-20                   Glendale, AZ                State Farm Stadium
06-09-20                   Salt Lake City, UT       Vivint Smart Home Arena
06-13-20                   Denver, CO                  Empower Field at Mile High
06-16-20                   Lincoln, NE                   Pinnacle Bank Arena
06-19-20                   Chicago, IL                   Soldier Field
06-21-20                   Minneapolis, MN          Target Center
06-24-20                   Milwaukee, WI              Milwaukee Summerfest
06-27-20                   Arlington, TX                AT&T Stadium
06-30-20                   New Orleans, LA          Smoothie King Center
07-02-20                   Houston, TX                 NRG Stadium
07-06-20                   Kansas City, MO           Sprint Center
07-08-20                   Tulsa, OK                      BOK Center
07-11-20                   Nashville, TN                Nissan Stadium
07-13-20                   St. Louis, MO                Enterprise Center
07-15-20                   N. Little Rock, AR         Simmons Bank Arena
07-18-20                   Atlanta, GA                   Mercedes Benz Stadium
07-21-20                   Miami, FL                      American Airlines Arena
07-25-20                   Tampa, FL                    Raymond James Stadium
07-27-20                   Columbia, SC               Colonial Life Arena
07-29-20                   Greensboro, NC           Greensboro Coliseum
08-01-20                   Philadelphia, PA           Lincoln Financial Field
08-04-20                   Pittsburgh, PA              PPG Paints Arena
08-06-20                   University Park, PA      Bryce Jordan Center
08-08-20                   Columbus, OH              Ohio Stadium
08-12-20                   Louisville, KY                KFC Yum! Center
08-14-20                   Cleveland, OH              First Energy Stadium
08-16-20                   Grand Rapids, MI         Van Andel Arena
08-18-20                   Lexington, KY               Rupp Arena
08-21-20                   Landover, MD               FedEx Field
08-24-20                   Buffalo, NY                    KeyBank Center
08-26-20                   Albany, NY                    Times Union Center
08-29-20                   Detroit, MI                     Ford Field
09-01-20                   Ottawa, ON                   Canadian Tire Centre
09-03-20                   Québec City, QC           Videotron Centre
09-10-20                   Toronto, ON                  Rogers Centre
09-14-20                   Montreal, QC                Bell Centre
09-17-20                   Foxboro, MA                 Gillette Stadium
09-26-20                   East Rutherford, NJ      MetLife Stadium


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The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Savan Kotecha

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Savan Kotecha

Merck Meruciadis Abbey Road Oct 2018 by JF

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Savan Kotecha

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from Savan Kotecha, an Indian-American songwriter and producer whose songs have been nominated for 17 Grammy Awards and who has just been named Music Week’s “Songwriter Of The Year” for 2019.

Savan Kotecha has achieved huge commercial and critical success having been awarded nine BMI Awards and 18 ASCAP awards whilst his songs have sold more than 375 million copies globally as he has collaborated – often with Max Martin – on Number 1 and platinum hits with Ariana Grande, One Direction, Usher, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears and Katy Perry. In addition his work with The Weeknd has received particularly wide critical acclaim and includes co-writing the two times Grammy Award nominated US Number 1 ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ which has been certified 7x platinum in the US.

Savan Kotecha is best known for his work with Ariana Grande, the fourth most streamed artist on Spotify of the 2010s. Since initially producing Ariana Grande’s second album ‘My Everything’, which reached Number 1 in the US where it was certified 2x platinum’, as well as co-writing the 6x US platinum certified lead single ‘Problem’, Savan Kotecha worked as executive producer on her third album, the UK Number 1 ‘Dangerous Woman’ as well as collaborating on 13 US or UK Number 1 or platinum certified singles. The catalogue includes four songs co-written by Savan Kotecha from Ariana Grande’s critically acclaimed album ‘Sweetener’ which won the Grammy Award for “Best Pop Vocal Album”, reached Number 1 of the album charts in 22 countries including the US and UK going on to be declared by Billboard as the Number 1 album of 2018 and one of the top albums of the 2010s and is certified platinum in the US. These included the album’s first single ‘No Tears Left to Cry’ which reached Number 1 on 14 charts globally and is certified 3x platinum in the US and 2x platinum in the UK having been streamed over 780 million times on Spotify alone, as well as the singles ‘God Is A Woman’ and ‘Breathin’. ‘God Is A Woman’, which was nominated for the Grammy Award for “Best Pop Solo Performance”, reached Number 1 on four charts globally and is certified 2x platinum in the US and platinum in the UK having been streamed over 510 million times on Spotify alone, whilst ‘Breathin’ reached Top 10 of 18 charts globally and is certified gold in the UK having been streamed over 380 million times on Spotify. The Catalogue also includes four songs on her fifth album ‘Thank U, Next’ which has been nominated for “Album of the Year” and “Best Pop Vocal Album” at the Grammy Awards and reached Number 1 in 15 countries including the US where it is certified platinum. This included the single ‘Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored’ which reached Number 2 in the US and Number 1 in the UK where it is certified platinum and has been streamed over 483 million times on Spotify alone. 

The Catalogue also includes Camila Cabello’s ‘My Oh My’ from her new Number 1 album ‘Romance’,  Ellie Goulding’s ‘Close To Me’, Diplo and Swae Lee which is gold and platinum globally, James Arthur’s ‘Naked’ which has been streamed over 300 million times on Spotify, Sam Smith’s ‘How Do You Sleep’ which peaked at Number 7 on the UK singles chart and is certified gold in both the US and UK and The Weeknd’s ‘Rockin’’ which reached Number 4 in the UK R&B chart as well as songs performed by Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and Gwen Stefani. 

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Savan Kotecha’s worldwide copyrights on this Catalogue which consists of 49 of his songs and includes nine new songs due for release in 2020 by Camila Cabello, Ellie Goulding and Sam Smith. 

Savan Kotecha was represented by Doug Davis at The Davis Firm.

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: 

“Savan is a special songwriter with a Midas touch. His magical songs have helped propel Ariana Grande into one of the most influential artists of her generation. This is a sensational set of songs and bear out why he’s just been voted Songwriter Of The Year for 2019. I’m delighted to welcome Savan into the Hipgnosis family and am very excited to be working with him and Doug Davis.”

Savan Kotecha said:

“I’m beyond excited for my songs to join the incredible Hipgnosis catalogue.  I know my ‘babies’ will be well taken care of. Merck and his team have proven that they are true lovers of music and understand not just the monetary value of songs but the cultural value as well. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer – Joint Corporate BrokerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
J.P. Morgan Cazenove – Joint Corporate BrokerWilliam Simmonds / Ed Murray / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)James Bouverat / Eddie Nissen (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
GRAMMY MUSEUM® PRESENTS BEYOND BLACK — THE STYLE OF AMY WINEHOUSE

GRAMMY MUSEUM® PRESENTS BEYOND BLACK — THE STYLE OF AMY WINEHOUSE

British singer Amy Winehouse performs at The Riverside Studios for the 50th Grammy Awards ceremony via video link on February 10, 2008 in London, England.

GRAMMY MUSEUM® PRESENTS BEYOND BLACK — THE STYLE OF AMY WINEHOUSE

Six-time GRAMMY® winner Amy Winehouse has been widely renowned not just as a British music icon and pop royalty, but as a trendsetting fashion influencer. To showcase the late singer’s iconic outfits, as well as never-before-seen handwritten lyrics, journal entries and other reflections from her family’s personal archive, the GRAMMY Museum® proudly presents Beyond Black — The Style Of Amy Winehouse, which will be the first-ever Winehouse exhibit in the United States. The exhibit will open on Jan. 17, 2020 and will run through April 13.

Beyond Black — The Style Of Amy Winehouse will offer a retrospective of Winehouse’s career, her biggest influences, her most iconic fashion moments, and how she — while only living to be 27 and releasing two studio albums — left an indelible mark on music, fashion and pop culture. Winehouse’s unique musical style and fashion sense were a reflection of her musical influences, including legacy artists Frank Sinatra, Shangri-Las, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, and more, as well as contemporaries in hip-hop and R&B, including Salt-N-Pepa, Nas, Beastie Boys, Lauryn Hill, En Vogue, and more. The exhibit will also touch on how Winehouse’s untimely passing led her family to create the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which works to inspire children and young people to build their self-esteem and resilience, so that they can flourish.

“Amy always credited my mother, her grandmother Cynthia, as a major influence, both stylistically — as she taught her the importance of grooming and having a look — and musically,” said Winehouse’s father, Mitch Winehouse. “She liked to call me a ‘cab-driving Sinatra’ and her mother’s side of the family were also musicians. Amy not only brought her gift of music to the world, but also her fashion. We’re eager for people to see her bold, beautiful spirit through all forms of her creativity and look forward to honoring her legacy by displaying these items at the GRAMMY Museum.”

“Amy had a rebellious rock and roll style and attitude, which she made all her own with her signature beehive updo, winged eyeliner, tattoos, and bold red lipstick,” said Winehouse’s stylist, Naomi Parry. “She had a clear vision of who she was and what she wanted the world to see. Working with Amy was one of my most satisfying and creative times in my career. I’m excited for the world to finally see the looks we created for what would have been her 2011 summer festival tour.”

This exhibit captures the spirt of Winehouse through some of her most cherished and unique outfits and showcases her wit and charm by displaying never-before-seen handwritten lyrics and prolific journal entries.

“Amy Winehouse is undoubtedly one of the most gifted singers, songwriters and performers of the early 21st century,” said the Museum’s President Michael Sticka. “Amy’s music and influence reached across genres and generations. It’s an honor for the GRAMMY Museum to host her very first exhibit in the United States and celebrate her talents, creative process and musical legacy.”

Exhibit highlights include:

  • Never-before-seen handwritten lyrics and journal entries
  • Never-before-seen home video
  • Winehouse’s halter dress worn at her final stage performance in Belgrade in 2011
  • Custom-made, but never worn, dresses by stylist Naomi Parry for Winehouse’s cancelled 2011 summer festival tour
  • Winehouse’s yellow Preen ‘Power Dress’ and bold red leather heart-shaped Moschino purse with velvet lining used at the 2007 BRIT Awards
  • Winehouse’s 2008 GRAMMY Awards® outfit designed by Dolce & Gabbana
  • Capsule collections personally designed by Amy Winehouse for Fred Perry’s line, including a black cotton twill varsity style jacket with grey leather sleeves monogrammed with “Amy” in the front
  • A mohair leopard-style pattern cardigan by Dolce & Gabbana that Winehouse was photographed wearing leaving a favorite stomping ground of hers, the Hawley Arms Pub in Camden, London
  • Winehouse’s GRAMMY Awards

Many of the items on display will be auctioned to benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which will take place at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills November 6 -7, 2021.

For official press photos, visit here.

Tickets to the GRAMMY Museum are available for sale at www.grammymuseum.org.

MÖTLEY CRÜE TAKE IT TO THE TOP ON NETFLIX IN 2019

MÖTLEY CRÜE TAKE IT TO THE TOP ON NETFLIX IN 2019

MÖTLEY CRÜE TAKE IT TO THE TOP ON NETFLIX IN 2019

As 2019 comes to a close Mötley Crüe’s hugely successful Netflix biopic ‘The Dirt remains one of the highest rated music film as voted by Rotten Tomatoes audience. As of December 17th The Dirt remains at 95%, down 1% from June 2019 high of 96%, making it one of the highest, if not highest, audience rated music films of 2019 – voted higher than 2019 releases Rocketman 88% (Elton John compositions)Judy 85%, Yesterday 89% (The Beatles compositions), Blinded By The Light 91%(Bruce Springsteen compositions) and 2018’s Bohemian Rhapsody 85% (Queen compositions).

In terms of its non-music peers, It’s the Same Ol’ Situation. The Dirt’s 95% Audience Rating measures up powerfully against some of the year’s biggest movie releases regardless of being movie theatre or SVOD release. As of December 17thThe Dirt’ is ahead of The Irishman 86% Audience Rating, Toy Story 4 – 94%, Joker 88%, Avengers Endgame 90% and Two Popes 79%.

This year end triumph comes as the latest of a long list of accolades for the film. ‘The Dirt’debuted via Netflix ahead of Black Panther’s 79% Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating and the global reaction to the bands Live Wire antics prompted the band to immediately become one of the top searched topics on Google Trends with a 3900% spike in searches.The Dirt’ soundtrack debuted at #1 in the iTunes Album Chart and Top 10 worldwide with 22 chart-topping singles and 7 albums, including Dr Feelgood, re-entering the charts.

Demand from the new fans to see the band perform live resulted in the iconic US rockers announcing 2020 live comeback tour with a 27-date US “The Stadium Tour”, featuringDef Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. With already over 700,000 tickets sold and gross box office receipts of over $90 million in the first weekend of sales,The Stadium Tour’ will be the biggest rock tour of 2020. The bands responded to the unprecedented fan demand by announcing SEVEN additional shows in new cities. The tour will kick off on June 21st 2020 in San Antonio Texas and end September 5th 2020 in Los Angeles. Tickets available here.

Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx “Little did we know that making The Dirt movie would lead us to this exciting new place touring stadiums with our friends in Def Leppard. We are beyond excited for this tour to begin”.

Chris Nilsson, President 10th Street Management said of the record-breaking tour “The value of this tour package has created huge consumer demand. Thinking outside of what is traditional in music, books, film and documentaries has kept Mötley Crüe in the nation’s consciousness for decades and now will keep them there for many decades more”

This return to touring comes almost six years after the band signed an unprecedented cessation of touring agreement to never perform together again – a contract that was quite literally blown up, much to the delight of their extensive global fanbase, creating a global water cooler moment in November. Watch the contract being blown up – video.

This week Mötley Crüe also released a new music video for their iconic track, ‘Looks That Kill’, featuring the actors from The Dirt’  juxtaposed against the original performance ofMötley Crüe. The video features Colson Baker aka Machine Gun Kelly, as Tommy Lee, Douglas Booth as Nikki Sixx, Daniel Webber as Vince Neil and Iwan Rheon as Mick MarsWatch the video.

Mötley Crüe took it to the top in 2019 and as for Mötley Crüe in 2020, well it’s On With The Show…

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Snow Patrol keyboardist Johnny McDaid

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Snow Patrol keyboardist Johnny McDaid

Merck Meruciadis Abbey Road Oct 2018 by JF

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Snow Patrol keyboardist Johnny McDaid

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from songwriter, producer and Snow Patrol keyboardist Johnny McDaid.  Johnny has co-written songs with Ed Sheeran, Pink, Shawn Mendes, Robbie Williams and Snow Patrol that have streamed over 20 billion times and earned over 600 platinum awards and 14 diamond awards.

Collaborating closely with Ed Sheeran since 2013, Johnny McDaid co-wrote the most streamed song of all time with the record breaking ‘Shape Of You’ which to date has been streamed over 2.3 billion times. In addition to winning a Grammy and an Ivor Novello Award,  ‘Shape Of You’ reached Number 1 on the singles chart in 34 countries including the US’ Billboard Hot 100, where it remained Number 1 for a record equalling 16 consecutive weeks and is certified diamond in five countries including in the US. ‘Shape of You’ has sold over 40 million singles and has had over 4 million radio performances. Johnny McDaid also co-wrote ‘Photograph’ which is the 13th most streamed song of all time with 1.3 billion streams and is certified 4x platinum in the US and 3x platinum in the UK.

Johnny McDaid co-wrote five songs on Ed Sheeran’s ‘x’ album which was nominated for two Grammy Awards, reached Number 1 in 15 countries including the UK, where it is the 20th best selling album of all time having been certified 11x platinum and the US where it is certified 4x platinum as well as co-writing and or producing eight songs on his Grammy Award winning ‘÷’ album which reached Number 1 in 14 countries including the UK where it is certified 11x platinum and the US where it is certified 4x platinum. These include the US platinum and UK 3x platinum hit ‘Galway Girl’, the US and UK platinum certified ‘Tenerife Sea’, the UK platinum certified ‘Supermarket Flowers’, the UK platinum certified ‘What Do I Know?’ and the UK Number 2 ‘Bloodstream’.

The Catalogue also includes Pink’s Grammy Award nominated ‘What About Us’ which is certified platinum in the US and UK and reached Number 1 in nine countries, as well as songs by Robbie Williams, Shawn Mendes, Keith Urban, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Example, Rudimental, Biffy Clyro and Birdy.

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Johnny McDaid’s interest in his catalogue of songs released before 1 April 2019 which comprises 91 songs.

Johnny McDaid was represented by his manager Erik Eger, business manager Kevin McCullough, lawyer Willie Ryan,  and spearheaded by attorney Michael Poster of Michelman and Robinson. 

 Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: 

“It’s hard to have some of the biggest songs in the world and yet still be so underrated but Johnny is one of the most extraordinary creators and his work with Ed and so many others speaks for itself and it’s an honour to welcome him and Erik to the Hipgnosis family.”

Erik Eger said:

“Merck’s background as an artist manager enabled him to quickly understand what was important to Johnny in this deal and deliver on it.  Johnny and I are encouraged by Merck’s mission of advocating for songwriters and wish him every success in this endeavor.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer – Joint Corporate BrokerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
J.P. Morgan Cazenove – Joint Corporate BrokerWilliam Simmonds / Ed Murray / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)James Bouverat / Eddie Nissen (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Brendan O’Brien

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Brendan O’Brien

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Brendan O’Brien

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from three time Grammy Award winning producer, mixer, engineer, and musician Brendan O’Brien, who has produced 17 US Number 1 albums. Producing some of the most influential albums in the history of rock music, Brendan O’Brien has worked with Bruce Springsteen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against the Machine, Korn, Train and The Killers.

Brendan O’Brien initially gained global recognition in 1990 by mixing The Black Crowe’s debut album ‘Shake Your Money Maker’, which peaked at Number 4 in the Billboard Hot 200 and has gone on to sell over 5 million copies in the US where it was certified 5x platinum in 1995. In 1991 Brendan O’Brien mixed the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ breakthrough album ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’. ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’ is widely considered to be a seminal part of the US alternative rock explosion of the last 30 years and is certified 7x platinum in the US and 3x platinum in the UK. The album’s second single ‘Under the Bridge’ reached Number 2 on the Billboard Top 100 and is certified platinum in both the US and UK.

Brendan O’Brien also collaborated closely with Pearl Jam, who are considered one of the most important and influential bands of the last 30 years, producing or mixing almost their entire catalogue. This included the bands’ Grammy Award nominated second album ‘VS.’ which broke the record for most copies of an album sold in its first week reaching Number 1 in the US where it is certified 7x platinum, the Grammy nominated ‘Vitalogy’ which reached Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 200 and is certified 5x platinum in the US, ‘No Code’ which reached Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 200 and is certified platinum in the US, ‘Yield’ which is certified platinum in the US as well as the Grammy Award nominated ‘Backspacer’ and ‘Lightning Bolt’ both of which reached Number 1 in the US. He also mixed the Number 2 and US platinum album “Binaural”.

Brendan O’Brien produced Rage Against The Machine’s albums ‘Evil Empire’ which reached Number 1 in the US where it was certified 3x platinum, including the Grammy Award winning single ‘Tire Me’, the Grammy nominated, ‘The Battle of Los Angeles’ which reached Number 1 in the US where it was certified 2x platinum, including the Grammy Award winning single ‘Guerrilla Radio’, and the US platinum certified ‘Renegades’.

Brendan O’ Brien mixed ‘Superunknown’ which was Soundgarden’s breakout album, earning the band international recognition. Upon its release in March 1994, ‘Superunknown’ debuted at Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 200 album chart, and eventually closed the year as the 13th best-selling album of 1994. ‘Superunknown’ has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and is more than 5x platinum in the US alone.

Brendan O’Brien produced and mixed nearly the entire catalogue of the Grammy Award winning Stone Temple Pilots who are one of the most commercially successful rock bands of the past 30 years having sold 40 million records worldwide. This included their 8x US platinum certified 1991 debut album ‘Core’, their US Number 1 and 6x platinum certified album ‘Purple’, their US 2x platinum certified album ‘Tiny Music… Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop’ and their US platinum certified album ‘No. 4’.

In 2002, Brendan O’Brien collaborated with Bruce Springsteen producing his Grammy Award winning album ‘The Rising’. ‘The Rising’ was Springsteen’s first studio album in seven years and was nominated for two Grammy Awards winning “Best Rock Album”. The album reached Number 1 in 11 countries including the US and UK where it was certified 2x platinum and platinum respectively. Following ‘The Rising’ Brendan O’Brien produced Bruce Springsteen’s hit albums ‘Magic’ which was ranked 2nd on Rolling Stone’s ‘Top 50 Albums of 2007’ and reached Number 1 in the US, where it is certified platinum, ‘Devils & Dust’ which reached Number 1 in the US and ‘Working on a Dream’ which has sold more than three million copies worldwide.

The Catalogue also includes Korn’s US Number 1 album ‘Follow the Leader’, Limp Bizkit’s US Number 1 and 7x platinum certified album ‘Significant Other’, The Offspring’s US Platinum certified album ‘Conspiracy of One’, Train’s 2x platinum certified album ‘Drops of Jupiter’, Audioslave’s US Number 1 album ‘Out Of Exile’, AC/DC’s ‘Black Ice’ which reached Number 1 in 29 counties including the US and UK where it was certified 2x platinum and platinum respectively and The Killers UK Number 1 and platinum certified album ‘Battle Born’.

Brendan O’Brien has been nominated for the Grammy Award for “Producer of the Year, Non-Classical” three times, winning in 2009.

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Brendan O’Brien’s interest in his catalogue which comprises his worldwide producer royalties for 1,855 works.

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: 

“It’s very easy to state that Brendan O’Brien is one of the greatest producers of all time and certainly defines the best rock music of not only the 90s but the last 30 years. Almost every artist he has helped develop has entered or will enter the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for good reason. I’m beyond honoured to welcome Brendan and his historic catalogue into the Hipgnosis family.”

Neil Jacobson said:

“Brendan is not only a metaphorical first ballot hall of famer in the production world, and not only does this catalogue speak for its self (Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, Bruce Springsteen etc) but you also have to understand how incredible the quality of each vocal is. His ear for vocal production – a very specific thing in music production – might be one of the greatest of all time. Each one of these copyrights is a case study in what we call a magic vocal. That’s one aspect of the ‘art of Brendan O’Brien’ in my personal opinion.”

Brendan O’Brien said:

“Merck and Hipgnosis were really passionate about the Music I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of over the years. They are Music people and their commitment made me feel like the records would be in safe hands.”

About Crescent Drive Productions:

(www.cdp.media)

Crescent Drive Productions was founded in 2019 by longtime record executive, manager, and hitmaker Neil Jacobson. Having worked with Interscope Records for the entirety of his career since beginning nearly twenty years ago and heading up Geffen Records for the last three, Jacobson’s newly founded company specializes in producer and songwriter management, while also focusing on the sales of high-profile publishing and producer catalogues. Past and present clients include Jeff Bhasker, Emile Haynie, Brendan O’Brien, King Henry, will.i.am, Robin Thicke, Ian Fitchuk, Beach Noise, Bipolar Sunshine and more.

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer – Joint Corporate BrokerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
J.P. Morgan Cazenove – Joint Corporate BrokerWilliam Simmonds / Ed Murray / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)James Bouverat / Eddie Nissen (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843